I read this as a child and now have re-read it as an adult. It was fascinating both times. I think that it gives you a real feeling of what it would be like to live just after the First World War, and the descriptions of the mutilated soldiers coming off the train was memorable. I think this is the sort of book that will open a person up to enjoying the literature of the era, at a later time in their lives, particularly War Poetry. One of the best things about the book is the way the author gets you to know the character of Clare, despite the fact that the reader never meets her directly. It makes it all the more difficult to accept what happened to her, (I won't spoil it for the reader.) Its a great book, and should be more famous than it is.